In the US, it’s estimated that about 2 million people are treated for heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. It’s seen in both athletes and other active people, along with those who lead much more sedentary lives.
Nowadays, surgery is only suggested in more extreme cases. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, and complications that can result.
One of the modern treatments for heel spurs is Shockwave Therapy, a technique that has shown promising results for many patients with plantar fasciitis.
Heel spurs by themselves may or may not cause pain; you may never know you have one. About half the people who present with plantar fasciitis also have heel spurs.
After a thorough examination and diagnosis, your Ottawa physiotherapist or other sports medicine specialist will recommend various treatments, which may include Shockwave Therapy.
In essence, Shockwave Therapy, or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), uses electromagnets or other techniques to send a shockwave through soft tissues. The noninvasive therapy can be focused at a very specific point.
While the mechanisms at work inside the body remain somewhat unknown, it’s believed that,
A Brazilian research study found that Shockwave Therapy helped to improve the function of the foot, as well as pain levels in patients with plantar fasciitis. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7006537/)
If you have any questions about foot issues, or you are experiencing foot or heel pain, don't hesitate to contact one of our Ottawa physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics today for a consultation. Our sports medicine specialists are ready to help.